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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- The Union men's lacrosse team will face top-ranked Rochester Institute of Technology on Wednesday, but without its captain.

Senior midfielder Nate Greenberg, who has been battling Ewing's sarcoma, has missed the entire 2014 season.

Greenberg, who will be in Rochester for the Dutchmen’s quarterfinal match up in the NCAA tournament, says he can't wait to be reunited with his brothers.

He says he’s loved the game of lacrosse since he was seven years old. In 2011 he came to Union College as a midfielder and has been one of the men's lacrosse teams’ biggest contributors. In the 51 games he's suited up for, he's scored 50 goals. He says he's just enjoys losing himself in the sport.

"I think you get to leave everything behind and you focus on what's at hand,” he said.

However on September 3, 2013, his whole life changed. He was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma which is a type of bone cancer. Greenberg tells us it's a day he'll never forget.

"The rest is hazy, how I handled it. It went from having a weak bone to I have cancer and now I have to go through treatment,” he said.

He has been physically training to compete all his life, which he says has helped him deal with the fight he's currently battling and his teammates recognize the effort he's putting in.

Greenberg has been on medical leave and sat out the entire 2014 season. He also will miss next year, ultimately ending his lacrosse career.

"Knowing that you won't play the game that you love and that's given you everything. It got me to Union. It got me my best friends in the whole world,” he said.

Nate has gone through 12 chemotherapy treatments at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Center in New York City.

He says he has one more session left on Wednesday morning and then once he's done, he'll fly to Rochester to watch the Dutchmen take on RIT in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.


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